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    09-12-2012, 02:03 PM
Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA    

Depends on what part of the County and type of grass cut for the hay.

Some areas get 3 cuts per year, some get as many as 5.

Just because it rains lately would not make up the the possible loss of cuts previously.

Do people use excuses to raise prices? Hay, Gas, Food, etc.
I would say probably, it seems when that "disaster" hits prices go up on anything related overnight, when the "disaster" is over or whatever caused the Spike in a prices they always take months and sometimes almost never go back down.

Thank you . I just needed at least one sound post admitting there are people who exploit shortages, etc
Unfortunately I have a greedy BO who is doing just that
Its too bad there are such people who ruin it for others

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    09-12-2012, 02:09 PM
Originally Posted by luvmyBlackBeauty    
Hi. Anyone else think the "hay shortage" caused by the drought this summer is being exploited and overdramatized by outrageous board increases, greedy BO's, etc?

We have had nothing but rain here the past few weeks and I am sure there are bumper crops everywhere...!
Are you serious? How long do you figure it takes a field to fill out and grow to a height it can cut? A few weeks doesn't do it.

At one point in July the national weather service said that 85% of the US was in drought stages. (mild - severe)
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    09-12-2012, 02:12 PM
Totally agree with the above responses. OP..if you are boarding..it is easy to lose sight of the "behind the scenes operation of the barn" A very well established operation won't pass on the stress and amount of work that goes on in the day to day operation of the facility...they only pass on the resulting increase cost to cover their expenses and stay out of financial disaster. The people who actually have to find and purchase their own hay or rely on cutting their own to feed their animals get a much clearer picture of what is really going on when it comes to something like hay. The cattle industry has also soaked up much of the hay supply out of necessity because they have had to feed hay significantly earlier then usual. Root balls have died in the drought causing the rain to water only some of the plants and the water table is still several inches under where it should be in many parts of the US. So the drama is real, unfortunately.
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    09-12-2012, 02:15 PM
Aww, hush people, I'm sure this poster is very young and doesn't understand the farming cycle or economics, otherwise they wouldn't be this naive.

Having said that I did read on another board a poster who genuinely seemed to believe that BO are all out to gouge and screw their poor boarders out of every red cent and this person was actually an adult.
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    09-12-2012, 02:15 PM
Of course there is the odd person who exploits disaster - there always is... Just because one person does it does not mean it is the norm, or that YOUR barn owner is doing it.
Do you know how much your BO is paying for hay? How about overhead costs, such as maintenance costs (structural as well as equipment and land), electrical, hydro, etc ad nauseum..?
Be careful pointing fingers; businesses have a ton of overhead that a lot of people don't consider. Have you looked at prices at other comparable facilities in the area and discussed with those BOs whether or not their prices are going up? Have you discussed with your BO your concerns?
Hay quality may be another factor; if your BO has high standards for hay, s/he may be paying a huge premium this year for hay up to their standards.
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    09-12-2012, 02:16 PM
Drought conditions as of 9/4/12

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    09-12-2012, 02:17 PM
Originally Posted by luvmyBlackBeauty    
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confused by your post here...1 post "admitting" oh my there are people that will steal the shirt off of a homeless man but I don't need a forum on the internet to "admit" those type of folks exist...if you don't like the BO where you are boarding why not move your horse?
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    09-12-2012, 02:28 PM
Originally Posted by luvmyBlackBeauty    
Thank you . I just needed at least one sound post admitting there are people who exploit shortages, etc
Unfortunately I have a greedy BO who is doing just that
Its too bad there are such people who ruin it for others
While it is a possibility, I was only stating that some may be doing it as they do with Gas and other things.

My main post pertained to the fact a few weeks of rain does not alleviate the Hay shortage more than half the country is having.

While in GA we have reasonably priced hay, buy I also see semi truck loads of it heading for other parts of the country, so our prices will be outrageous in the next few weeks too.

Fuel price at 4.00 a gallon have made our prices for hay go up from last year.

Ask around and see what people paid for hay last year and are paying this year, if they are paying 5.00 more a square bale or 20.00 more for rounds, then that would lead to an average cost of 600.00 more for hay than last year, that's 50.00 more per month per Horse, then add the costs of everything else involved with a BO, insurance, fuel, electricity, etc.

I have heard of some paying 10.00 more for a square bale... do the math

    09-12-2012, 02:38 PM
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
Having said that I did read on another board a poster who genuinely seemed to believe that BO are all out to gouge and screw their poor boarders out of every red cent and this person was actually an adult.
That's just crazy. How could any adult with even just a smidgen of intelligence concerning the economy and drought situations going on would actually believe something like that?
    09-12-2012, 02:40 PM
I'm done in here, not going to get beat up again for my own experience. The reality and truth is , like it or not, my BO IS exploiting this situation and I am seriously thinking of leaving.. For other reasons too which I won't get into in here .. This is just the final straw. Based on some of these rude responses ( I was not rude at all ) perhaps some posters might be identifying or personalizing with my own BO. Oh well... I know there are good honest BOs out there, just not this one
Fortunately I have ppl inviting me to barns all the time bc I am the ideal boarder...
Things will work out
They always do
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